Import Your Family Tree to MyHeritage & Uncover Your Global Roots

Import Your Family Tree to MyHeritage & Uncover Your Global Roots

Did you know that if you started building your family tree using another service, you can import it to MyHeritage as a GEDCOM file and enjoy all the benefits we offer? There’s no need to start from scratch. Importing your tree is quick, easy, and free. 

Import your family tree to MyHeritage for free

If you’ve hit brick walls using other services, especially if you’ve struggled to get past the immigrant generation and research your roots in other countries, MyHeritage offers some unique features that could help you take your research to the next level.

How to import your family tree to MyHeritage

Importing your family tree to MyHeritage is very simple. All you need to do is download or save your family tree as a GEDCOM file from your current service, and then upload that file to MyHeritage. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Export your tree as a GEDCOM file

GEDCOM is the international standardized file type for saving family tree information. Any family tree building software, whether it’s online or installed on your computer, should be able to export your tree using this file format. Exactly how to do so varies from service to service. On Ancestry, for example, you’ll find this option under “Tree settings”. You click “Export tree”. and then click “Download your GEDCOM file” once the file is ready. You can find step-by-step instructions on exporting your tree from Ancestry here, from Family Tree Maker® here, and from Findmypast here.

The tree will be saved to your computer as a file with the file extension “.ged”.

Step 2: Import your tree

Once you have the GEDCOM file saved on your computer:

  • If you don’t have a MyHeritage account yet: Visit myheritage.com/import-family-tree and click the “Import your family tree” button. Fill in a few details to register to MyHeritage for free, and click “Get started.”
  • If you already have a MyHeritage account: Log in, hover over the “Family tree” tab in the navigation bar, and select “Import GEDCOM” from the menu.
Importing a family tree as a GEDCOM file to MyHeritage

Importing a family tree as a GEDCOM file to MyHeritage

Click “Upload” and select the .ged file from your computer, or drag and drop it onto the page.

The file may take a few moments to load, especially if your tree is large. You’ll receive an email when it’s ready.

The screen indicating that the tree was successfully imported

The screen indicating that the tree was successfully imported

Click “View tree” to get started reviewing your matches!

What people are saying

Tina Pederson of Oregon, U.S., imported her family tree to MyHeritage and immediately received almost 260 matches. “Within the first 5 minutes I confirmed 15,” she told us. “I also found a newspaper article about my great-grandfather that I didn’t know existed, which mentioned his occupation and dealings with the community. I had also been looking for pictures of some ancestors for years and years, and when I uploaded my GEDCOM to MyHeritage, I was able to find dozens of pictures. I was super excited.”

Mykel Crerie from California says: “I’ve used many different genealogy sites over the years. MyHeritage is so unique because members are not just from the United States, there are members from all over the world. It was so easy to import my family tree, and it enabled me to really connect with other users, because not only did they contact me about information from my tree, but I was able to get information from other members’ trees, which has been mind-blowing. Things that I never would have imagined knowing, I now know because of MyHeritage.”

“It was not hard to import my GEDCOM to MyHeritage,” says Anthony Hjelmstad from Colorado. “I like that MyHeritage is more European-based and has a lot of European information that some of the other, American sites do not have. It also has a lot of good tools.”

Suzy Davis from Illinois told us that she made incredible discoveries about her family members after importing her tree to MyHeritage: “It was pretty easy for me to import my family tree, and because MyHeritage spans many more countries than some of the other services, I was able to find relatives I didn’t know I had from all over Europe,” says Suzy. “I was not able to find any of these people through other services.”

The MyHeritage advantage

Importing your family tree to MyHeritage opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Here are some of the benefits:

20 billion historical records from all over the world

Our vast repository of historical records includes essential documents from Europe, the U.S., and other regions — and many of them are exclusive. Some highlights include:

  • Vital records from 48 countries
  • Exclusive collections from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland and many more
  • 26,000 U.S. City Directories with 545 million records
  • 2 billion names extracted from millions of U.S. and Canadian newspapers
  • U.S. Census, 1790–1950
  • U.K & Ireland Census, 1841–1911

With your family tree on MyHeritage, you’ll be able to extract information from records straight into it — and receive automatic matches to historical records. That brings us to the next benefit:

Automatic matches that deliver new discoveries straight to you

Our Record Matching and Smart Matching™ technologies find historical records and other family trees that match your tree and bring new information straight to you. You’ll be able to review your matches, confirm them, and decide which information to extract to your tree. Matches can save you hours of research and sometimes help you locate information you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

The most globally diverse database of family trees and DNA kits

MyHeritage has a more international user base than other services, and that means that you are much more likely to receive matches to family trees and relatives who live overseas. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages, and our Global Translation Technology™ makes it possible to use your own language to search, locate, and understand historical records in other languages. You could also receive Record Matches with records in other languages that will be translated or transliterated back into yours. This unique feature, exclusive to MyHeritage, is crucial for overcoming language barriers when researching ancestors who lived in other countries.

The Consistency Checker to keep your tree accurate

MyHeritage’s Consistency Checker scans your tree for 36 types of potential errors and recommends fixes, some of which you can apply with a click. Keeping your tree accurate, consistent, and error-free is key to ensuring the quality of your research, and resolving contradictions you hadn’t noticed before may pave the way to new discoveries. It’s more comprehensive than similar tools offered by other services.

Powerful AI technologies for enhancing historical photos

Since 2020, MyHeritage has been home to the world’s best technologies for enhancing, repairing, colorizing, and animating old family photos. MyHeritage also offers PhotoDater™, which estimates when a given photo was taken; the Photo Tagger, a feature that allows you to tag multiple photos of a certain individual at once; and the multi-photo scanner on the Reimagine app (soon to be available on the MyHeritage app as well) that enables you to scan entire albums in minutes.

Trusted by millions of users worldwide

Security and privacy are top priorities at MyHeritage. We are the only consumer DNA company to date that has committed, as part of our privacy policy, to never sell or license data to third parties. You can rest assured that your family tree data is safe with us.

What discoveries will you make on MyHeritage? Import your family tree now and find out!

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